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11 Workers Die After Elevator Cable Snaps

It is latest in string of Chinese industrial disasters
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2019 12:27 AM CDT
Officials didn't say how far the elevator car fell.   (Getty Images/alex_u)

(Newser) – Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to a snapped cable, state media reports. Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8am in the Hebei province city of Hengshui. It didn't say how far the elevator fell. Recent months have been particularly deadly for Chinese workers, underscoring shoddy enforcement of safety regulations and a desire by management to cut corners as the economy slows, the AP reports. In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in the eastern city of Yancheng that had numerous safety violations, making it one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years. (Read more China stories.)

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